January 27th, 2023
The Suter Company, Farm Bureau’s next-door neighbor
A century ago, Charles Suter bought a farm in Palatine, Illinois and began his chicken and egg business which would eventually evolve into a major food company.
He called his first farm Atlasta, meaning “at last a farm.” Charles moved to the Genoa area and ...read more
December 14th, 2022
Holidays are upon us, a time of year to gather and enjoy each other
Make ahead bakes are the perfect solution to having time to relax and entertain.
Oatmeal, hemp seeds, and nuts all contribute to a heart healthy diet. Oatmeal has been proven to lower bad cholesterol LDL. It keeps us ...read more
September 21st, 2022
Fall is in the air – what an enjoyable season for baking
Pumpkin is a favorite fall flavor. Pumpkins are so versatile in the kitchen you find it in main dishes, side dishes, salads, desserts and many types of baked goods.
The bright orange pigment of pumpkin indicates an excellent source of ...read more
September 20th, 2022
It’s been nearly 25 years since Prairie State Winery began making wine. They were the first commercial winery in DeKalb County.
Prairie State Winery was established in 1998, a time when there were very few wineries in Illinois. They were number 16. Now there are about 165 wineries in the prairie ...read more
July 15th, 2022
Summer is a great time to preserve the savory taste of fresh berries. You can make berry preserves or freeze berries for later use.
Freezing is a simple, fast way to preserve berries. Freezing preserves food by stopping the growth of micro-organisms and slowing down changes that affect quality or ...read more
April 22nd, 2022
Spring is here and with it comes our first vegetables of the season
Our recipe in this issue features some of them: asparagus, radish and the lovely chive.
Asparagus comes in different varieties, green, being the most common but look for purplish or European white. Asparagus is a great source of folic ...read more
February 21st, 2022
Farm women are some of the best cooks!
The three farm women featured in this issue share some of their favorite recipes which they love to make. They hope you enjoy them as much as their husbands do.
February 21st, 2022
Tray baking has become a popular technique for home cooks. It saves dishes and frees the cook up from tending to the stove top. As a cook I like this technique as it intensifies flavor by concentrating natural sugars as it roasts or finishing with a broil.
Some tips for successful ...read more
December 18th, 2021
As we wrap up the year welcoming in the holidays, the kitchen is a perfect workshop to create gifts from your hands and heart.
As a former loyal 4-H member I loved the symbols of Head, Heart, Hands, Health. It was a great influence on my culinary career and has stayed ...read more